Go Pro has released an expansion kit that allows two GoPro HERO HD POV camcorders to be mounted together to form a single 1080p 3D camera. The kit includes a waterproof housing, rated to 180 feet (60 meters) and a cable that synchronizes the controls for both cameras. In combination with the new product, Go Pro has also added a 3D resource center and each 3D kit will include a downloadable copy of GoPro Cineform 3D editing software.
The 3D HERO system is available now for $99.99.
Innovative Modular Design Enables Consumers to Combine two 1080p HD HERO Cameras to Create Professional Quality 3D Camera System.
April 4, 2011 – Half Moon Bay, Calif. – GoPro, the world’s leading activity camera company, today announced the availability of the much anticipated 3D HERO® System, a waterproof 3D expansion kit for GoPro’s best selling 1080p HD HERO camera. The 3D HERO System is available immediately at GoPro.com and is shipping to GoPro retailers worldwide with an MSRP of $99.99
The 3D HERO System has an industry-first modular design that enables consumers to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras to form a single 1080p 3D camera, the world’s smallest and least expensive one at that. Waterproof to 180 feet, the 3D HERO System can be worn on the body, mounted on gear and vehicles, and used as a handheld camera. A dual-camera, polycarbonate, waterproof housing holds the two cameras together and a synchronization cable plugs into the back of each camera, enabling them to function as a single camera. A single shutter button controls both cameras.
“The 3D HERO System is exciting for a lot of reasons, one of them being that it’s not just a 3D camera. It’s really several cameras in one, depending on how the consumer wants to use it,” says Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “That you can take two GoPro cameras that you would normally use independently and combined them to form a new type of camera, a 3D camera…that’s extremely cool. GoPro is excited to be the first company to build a camera this versatile.”
“In addition to being a top-selling consumer camera, the HD HERO camera is used by more professional production crews in the broadcast and film industry than any other camera in its class,” adds Woodman. “We expect the 3D HERO System to further establish the HD HERO as one of the most versatile cameras in the world.”
The 3D HERO System housing is only 5 inches (130mm) in length and 2.5 inches high (62mm) and is compatible with existing GoPro mounting accessories.
The 3D HERO System includes:
- 3D HERO Waterproof Housing.
- 3D HERO Synchronization Cable.
- Skeleton Door (allows for optimal sound capture in dry environments).
- 3 Pairs of 3D Anaglyph (Red/Blue) Glasses.
- Helmet Front Mount.
- 2 Flat and 2 Curved Adhesive Mounts.
- Free Download: GoPro CineForm Studio 3D editing software.
GoPro’s 1080p HD HERO cameras are not included with the 3D HERO System and are sold separately, starting at $259.99 per camera.